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2017-04 17 Important News

[Academics]Factors that Influence Donation Intentions via SNS

Social Network Service, also called as SNS, is rapidly developing its features to suit the current information-oriented society. In the 21st century, various types of communication do not require individuals to be nearby physical. Keeping pace with the times, the behavior dimension behind donating has also been altered into an online format. With the Internet's prompt speed and secured environment, people can now donate to charity organizations found on SNS pages. Through his paper “Factors Influencing Intention To Donate Via Social Network Site (SNS): From An Asian’s Perspective,” Professor Ahn Jong-chang, Department of Information System, investigates the correlations between people’s intention to donate and online external factors. Ahn is explaing the correlation between four external factors and the donation intention via SNS. Professor Ahn’s study examines whether external factors influence people’s general attitude towards online donation, and their intention to donate via SNS. These four external factors are defined as charity project, charity organization, Internet technology features and SNS features. Professor Ahn conducted an online survey of 258 respondents from South Korea and Malaysia based on the framework of the structural equation modelling- a multivariate statistical analysis technique used to analyze structural relationships. There are preceding researches regarding SNS donation intentions. However, these researches analyzed the correlation between the donation intention and only three external factors- charity project, charity organization, and the Internet technology features. “Since Internet 1.0, which was entirely made up of web pages connected by hyperlinks, has developed into Internet 2.0, the web characterized by change from static to dynamic or user-generated content and the growth of social media, my research partner and I came surmised that these multilateral interactions between users of SNS will also affect the donation intentions,” said Ahn. After analyzing the responses, Ahn discovered that the Internet technology features significantly influence general attitudes of people towards online donation, and general attitude positively contributes to people’s intention in donating via SNS. “We have found the full mediation effect of the general attitude towards online donation on the relationship between Internet technology features and intention to donate via SNS,” mentioned Ahn. The framework of the structural equation modelling above shows that Internet technology features influence people's donating intention through SNS. (Photo courtesy of Elsvier) However, the rest of the factors- charity project, charity organization, and the SNS features, were found to be ineffective, compared to the Internet technology features. Professor Ahn emphasized the importance to strengthen the Internet’s technological environment. “This consequentially means that if charity organizations long to fundraise significant amount of donations via SNS, they have to strengthen the Internet environment especially in the security field.” Although the research was based on an online survey of 258 people, Ahn says that his results cannot be generalized globally. “The research puts basis on the online survey conducted with Malaysian and South Korean respondents. This particularly limits my conclusion to the Asian areas,” highlighted Ahn. Professor Ahn produced his paper with a graduate student from Hanyang University, and he revealed the arduousness of the small research group. “Unlike a scientific research which can have a definite and distinct cause and effect results, this kind of social science research may incur ambiguity. Thus, clear and logical reasoning and firm data are considerably crucial,” asserted Ahn. The long road to publication taken by Ahn was strenuous. Due to the limited size of his research team, Ahn had to bear significant pressure and duty. Also, the time taken to finalize the paper took longer than other bigger research groups. However, it was Professor Ahn’s perseverance and passion towards academic achievements that produced promising consequences. Professor Ahn Jong-chang is expanding his research area to the West. Currently, Professor Ahn is working on submitting dissertations on the same topic but in the perspective of the West. It is his hope that the research environment of the social science field will be meliorated. “I wish all students of Hanyang University will continue working in their fields with passion. Just like Confucius said, the blissful time will come, if we make efforts not with anguish but with joy.” Kim Ju-hyun kimster9421@hanyang.ac.kr Photos by Choi Min-ju

2017-04 17 Important News

[General]Filling the Stage with Lights

There is a saying “Better late than never”. This means that it is better to do something even if it is late than to not do it at all. Choi Boyun (Theater & Film, ’06) took a roundabout trip to come to Hanyang (HYU) to study what she is truly passionate about. Her admittance to HYU made her a freshman for the third time. Still, Choi was fearless, in fact, happier than she had ever been. After graduating from HYU, Choi realized her dream to work in theater as a lighting designer (LD). An Experienced Lighting Designer According to Choi, theater is a part of reality that is remade on stage. It reflects real life, but the aim of theater is to look into certain perspectives. “If a set designer builds a physical environment on stage, it is the job of a LD to decorate it with different lightings according to the intent and direction of the entire play,” said Choi. To clearly deliver the message of that play, it is important for all of the stage setting to harmonize with one another, and it is essential for designers in each department to communicate thoroughly beforehand. “It is basically the last step or the finishing touch of a play, so it is more important to listen well to other directors, designers and actors,” explained Choi. Choi picked good communication skills as the most important qualification for a LD. Thus, it is important for a LD to carefully observe the production process before he or she finalizes its lighting settings. When Choi first handed a script, she focuses on making notes on how she feels about the scenes in order to roughly plan what kind of mood she wants the lighting to have. The next step is to observe how actors move and act on changing scenes. Detailed sketches of a different scene is solely designed and determined by the LD. Thus, Choi writes a cue sheet that explains when and how lightings will be shown. Before a final rehearsal, the LD must decide which stage lighting to put in at the most desirable time and place. Starting From the Scratch Once Again “Since I was about 10 or 11-years-old, I thought I was interested in science and engineering because I spent quite a lot of time reading books about astronomy and playing around on the computer. I was able to handle computers better than most of my friends, and so I naturally thought science or computer-related majors would suit my aptitude,” recalls Choi. Her first campus life began in another university where she majored in astronomy. In her first year, Choi could soon see that this field was far from her expectations. It was more about pure science and was much more challenging to study if one did not have a strong interest. Thus, Choi decided to change to another major, mechanical engineering, in the same university. “As I was always a girl familiar with the computer, this new major seemed to suit me better than the last. Still, I was never fascinated with what I was learning,” said Choi. In her third year, Choi left the school temporarily and had a chance to see a Japanese TV show that featured Takarazuka Revue, a Japanese all-female musical theater troupe. “When I saw it, I was immediately amazed by the extravaggent makeup and outfits on the actresses. It was grand and dramatic, like falling into a black hole without even noticing,” explained Choi. Choi recorded the TV program and watched it over and over again. Soon, she started to search and study everything about Takarazuka Revue. Choi become their No.1 Korean fan and also worked as a fan club manager. “After going back to school, there was no way I could fully concentrate on classes since the lecture hall turned into a stage and the professors became actors and actresses,” said Choi. “When I start anything, it is essential to cover the very basics. This left me no choice but to apply for the S.A.T a third time. At the age of 26, I knew this would be my last chance to start from the beginning again, and this gave me stronger motivation and passion,” said Choi. Most recent work of Choi was a play 'Sister Mokran'. Choi designed the same play twice, with different lighting settings. (Photo courtesy of Doosan Arts Center) With People Who Share Dream, 'Stage Works' Through HYU's various lectures, Choi experienced diverse activities in theater production from learning how to act to designing the stage among many others, which later helped her to understand the whole process of putting on a play. In her third year, Choi got her first chance to fully design and set up lighting for the stage. “It was in a theater called Daloreum Theater. It was a big theater which made my first challenge more arduous. After fully experiencing design to the setup, I thought I would never do this again until I witnessed how the stage turns out during the real performance,” said Choi. To learn the field in more detail, she entered a separate academy and met her mentor and a team member. “Kim Chang-gi, my teacher is still one of the best LD in the field. He was very passionate about teaching me and my fellow students what he had accumulated through his career. Kim started a designers’ group with us which is called Stage Works,” said Choi. Since 2005, Stage Works provided designers for the theater stage and now serves as a group for those who hope to become a LD. Choi is currently working as an active LD in the field while teaching and leading younger students both in HYU and in Stage Works. For about 9 years, she has been teaching HYU students in a weekly lecture called ‘Capston Design’. “I am always amazed at creative ideas and viewpoints that young students give to me. It is a good learning process for me as well,” said Choi. Choi finalized the interview by mentioning her goal as a LD. “I want to be a designer with longevity in the field. I enjoy teaching, but field work is where I belong. To remain there, my task is to constantly develop my senses so I can demonstrate artwork that is always fresh and new,” concluded Choi. "My goal is to become a desinger with longevity, always keeping my works fresh and new." Yun Ji-hyun uni27@hanyang.ac.kr Photos by Kim Youn-soo

2017-04 16

[General]Archive of Korean Fashion Trends

Fashion and its trends, regardless of what time period or generation, prevails everywhere as it shapes the general dress code or style formula for people. In Korea, once a trendy style or an item becomes popular, it becomes extremely easy to purchase and incredibly often seen on people. As if agreed as a must-have item or a must-wear style, certain trendy items or looks were owned and worn by nearly everyone, making them easily spotted on streets with no effort. Here are some of the most recognizable hairtyles from the year 2000 to the present. 2000-2005 First up, there was a remarkable hairstyle that might frighten people today: the 'lion hair' which resembles a lion’s mane and where it got its name from. Even though this fashion did not last long, it was clearly once a hot trend that a lot of females tried out. Lion hair (Photo courtesy of bobaedream.co.kr) As for males, long, layered hair with side bangs was beloved. The length of hair often reached the shoulder, sometimes tied into a low ponytail. Colors or highlights were added to achieve the next level of fashionable desire. Long-layered hair (Photo courtesy of blog.naver.com/PostView.nhn?blogId=worldview20&logNo=220543920635 , cafe.naver.com/hmhan/109) 2006-2010 Moving on to the next period, a hairstyle called the 'shaggy cut' gained a big popularity among both males and females. It is a haircut with extreme layering, emphasizing volume at the roots. This style was pulled off regardless of length of the hair and by both genders. Shaggy cut (Photo courtesy of blog.naver.com/sunhea109/50020676337 , blog.naver.com/annhhy/100060141710) Bangs were virtually a trademark of students, since almost every student had them. It is often said that women with bangs look younger because they are reminiscent of teenage girls. Around the turn of the decade, bangs were a big trend—thick bangs covered the entire forehead, leaving no room for a gap to allow a peek through the hair. Thick bangs (Photo courtesy of cafe.naver.com/singeriu/194815, cafe.naver.com/dhksthekd/34) 2011- present Another hairstyle that exploded at the turn of the decade and extended to the next called 'apple-hair', a tiny ponytail at the crown, was popular middle or high school girls and even worn customarily by celebrities. Apple hair (Photo courtesy of blog.naver.com/minera_boop/30168991900) Back to the bangs, a change occurred to resurrect the trend of bangs. The thick wall of hair was divided into three equal parts, deriving its name 'trident bangs', or 'three-pronged spear bangs'. Bobby pins always came hand in hand with this hairstyle, as they were the main object needed to create the look. Trident bang (Photo courtesy of blog.naver.com/yyyy6430/10161862721, blog.naver.com/l_tz/90080455357, blog.naver.com/qkrwlgus9450/90127247862) Evolution of bangs seems to never cease, as there was another fashion called 'goddess hair' that still reigns the world of bangs today. Exhibiting a soft wave of side bangs along the side of the face, the goddess hairstyle is more feminine and gives the impression of maturity, just as a beautiful goddess does and where its name originated from. Goddess hair (Photo courtesy of www.btx4.co.kr/BtxReview/NewStyleView.btx?seqno=273, m.store.naver.com/hairshops/styleinfo?id=469140046&styleNum=25843) Ensuing in the series of succession were two more styles of bangs: 'see-through bangs' and 'choppy bangs'. The two prevail at the present time, as they are the most recent joiners of the bangs lookbook. 'Choppy bangs' is “chopped” above the eyebrows while 'see-through bangs' lets others “see-through” the hair, allowing a glance at the forehead. Choppy bangs and see-through bangs (Photo courtesy of blog.naver.com/lsy4065/185378539, m.blog.naver.com/qhfk0719/220874852866, entertain.naver.com/read?oid=081&aid=0002742155) Jeon Chae-yun chaeyun111@hanyang.ac.kr

2017-04 16

[General]HanAll, Sharing is Caring

Different types of organizations exist in Hanyang University (HYU), and HanAll may seem to be just an ordinary one. HanAll got its beginnings from a course: The New Wave of Philanthropy. This course teaches students about the concept philanthropy, which is different from charity in that philanthropy is the whole procedure of what social changes need to be made to solve the fundamental problem. HanAll aims to distribute the idea of sharing and the happiness of being able to help others in need. News H met three representatives of HanAll: Lim Joo-yeon (Department of Nuclear Engineering, 2nd year), Heo Yoo-jin (Department of Media and Communication, 3rd year), Lee Sang-ah (Division of Business Administration, 2nd year) How It All Started HanAll was not an official organization until last year when students formed groups in the course mentioned above, and Professor Bekay Ahn and Hanyang's president suggested creating the organization. Since no guidelines were set, HanAll went through much trial and error in the beginning, but now it has reached its comfort zone. “We managed to create a vision for the organization which is to create a HanAll Scholarship Foundation,” said Lim. Lim also added that since HanAll wishes for the scholarship to be of practical help to those in need, it is at the stage of saving up money after each activity. Lim and Heo explain about HanAll. HanAll could be of great interest to many students. Since it is an official supporter of HYU, promotion budgets are basically provided along with uniforms. In addition, members of HanAll are able to attend “Hanyang Future Forum for Creative Leaders” which limits its entrance to donors only. “It is not just these privileges that make us feel special. We get to plan our ideas and actually promote them with the help of HYU,” added Heo. Events and Activities All of the events held by HanAll are planned and promoted by the organization. In March, there was the vitamin drink hand-out event, and, in April, a cookie event was held. “With the help of Paris Baguette, we held a 1+1 event in which a student buying a cookie would result in giving a cookie towards Seongdong Social Welfare Center,” said Lee. Since planning these big events is not an easy task, HanAll faces problems with being creative. “We would like to come up with events that people would enjoy and participate in more,” added Lee. This upcoming May, HanAll is planning for a bracelet event. Lee explains about the challenges of planning events. Since the organization does not have a long history, many students do not know about its existence. “We try to spread the love and sharing by showing people and making them proud of what they have done,” said Lim. By creating donation cards and putting stamps every time a person is of help, it visualizes the sense of sharing. “When 6 stamps are collected on donation cards, the person would get a small prize. Moreover, they can have the sense of pride in knowing that they helped someone in need,” explained Heo. In addition, HanAll also meets alumni and interviews them which are then posted on Facebook. “Through Facebook, we are trying to provide useful information as well updates on upcoming events” said Lee. HanAll members wish to be of great help to those in need. (Photo courtesy of HanAll) Sharing and charity should be carried out even in the smallest amounts. Being able to help those in need is one of the most beautiful things a person can do. Through the organization HanAll, it is easier for students to take small steps in contributing to society and returning the favor. Kim Seung-jun nzdave94@hanyang.ac.kr Photos by Choi Min-ju

2017-04 11

[Event]Hanyang University-QS Asia, International Summit on Chemical Engineering

The ‘2017 QS Subject Focus Summit on Chemical Engineering’ co-organized by Hanyang University and QS (Quacquarelli Symonds World University Rankings®) Asia is to be held at the Hanyang Institute of Technology, Seongdong-gu, Seoul, 12th-14th April 2017. In particular, internationally acclaimed scholars and leaders from academia and industry, such as Prof. Mohammed Mehdi Farid (Univ. of Auckland), Marc Schroeder (Head of Electronic Materials R&D Center Asia, BASF Company Ltd.) will participate in the event. The speakers will address the grand problems and discuss the future of chemical & energy engineering. The Summit will not only seek to drive the advancement of science and technology but also will look into the education for chemical engineers. Furthermore, this Summit will focus on developing global leaders and creating & pursuing opportunities for university-industry collaborative research. In the evening of April 12th, Dr. Frank Rijsberman, the Director-General of the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) will deliver the keynote speech at the start of the three-day Summit along with President Lee Young-moo’s welcome speech. Hanyang University was rated 51-100 in Chemical Engineering in 2017 QS World University Rankings.

2017-04 11

[Policy]Hanyang Trains Global Information Experts

Hanyang University will establish the Global Intelligence Department, the first of its kind among Korean universities, this coming September. With what some refer to as the “information war”, this department aims to train information specialists to have an accurate and scientific analysis mindset amid the flood of information that overflows domestically and from overseas. Professor Kim Yu-eun, from the Graduate School of International Studies, has been appointed as the first Dean. Hanyang University has developed a specialized major in the field of information analysis by providing premium global intelligence education program and benchmarking leading international intelligence academic degree courses at institutions such as Johns Hopkins University.Based on the latest theories and case studies of information analysis, this specialized department is expected to cultivate experts by providing them with effective education. Graduates are expected to enter into fields such as the National Intelligence Service, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Defense and other governmental agencies that require information analysis. Kim Yu-eun, Dean of the department, said, "We established this department to train global information analysts." He added, "It will be helpful not only for students who need systematic learning about information analysis but also for those working in the field of national and corporate information sector." Application period is from May 8th to 22nd at Uwayapply (http://www.uwayapply.com). Detailed information can be found on the homepage of the Graduate School of Hanyang University (http://gsis.hanyang.ac.kr/).

2017-04 10 Important News

[Academics]For the Future of Alternative Fuel Vehicles

It is a well-known fact that carbon-based vehicles are one of the main factors for causing problems that threatens environmental security such as climate change. It was an impediment task to develop Alternative Fuel Vehicles (AFV) to reduce the amount of fossil fuel for the upcoming future. However, while the introduction of such eco-friendly transportation system has drawn a lot of attention, it has failed to become as widespread as it was expected to be. Professor Jeong In-jae of the Department of Industrial Engineering pointed out that it is mainly because of the serious lack of AFV’s refueling stations, which could be either electricity recharging stations or hydrogen stations. From his recent article “An optimal approach for a set covering version of the refueling-station location problem and its application to a diffusion model”, Jeong suggested the desirable algorithm example to build the most efficient number of refueling station to reduce the investment costs needed to develop refueling infrastructure. Jeong said increasing the number of refueling stations is the first task to motivate AFV industry. “It is like a vicious cycle,” said Jeong. A lot of people are being hesitant to change their conventional carbon-based vehicles to AFV because there is no sound infrastructure to support AFV. Thus, possible manufacturers of refueling stations also become hesitant to build more as there are no sufficient demand. “Everybody agrees with the impediment need for more spread of AFVs, but there are obvious vicious cycle which disturbs it. It is necessary for the government to step in the market,” said Jeong. To first initiate the growth of the market of both AFV and its refueling station, it is necessary to make initial investment possible, which is the problem of finance. To minimize the needed expense, Jeong assumed two situations to suggest different algorithms respectively. The difference between two situation lies whether there is or no existing refueling station as the math would be different between the two. The aim of the algorithm was same tough, to make the less stations for the greater effect. “I started to gain interest on the subject about 7 years ago. I had a chance to meet some the professors in the United States who had a same interest about AFVs. Thought that it is the subject which perfectly meets what is actually needed in the current society,” said Jeong. He also added how it is hard to know what kind of AFV will lead the future automobile industry is still yet to be clear, it is very important to prepare it beforehand. “It is hard to say that electric cars are the ones which is most eco-friendly as electricity still is an energy that is made from fossil fuels. Hydrogen cars are better in such aspect. But we don’t know the future so we have to have a theory and policy regarding both of them beforehand,” said Jeong. An example of a refueling station for electric cars. (Photo courtesy of bizwatch) While it is agreed by many that the research and development of AFVs main infrastructure should be more progressed and encouraged, Jeong said it is unfortunate to witness how the Korean government is merely trying to take care of matters as they come, which can lead to serious waste of the government budget. Still, regarding the topic, Jeong is now preparing to write another paper. If this paper was about how to calculate the most efficient number of stations, the next subject for his research is to calculate the most desirable driving route for an AFV. “Compared to carbon-based vehicles where stations are now practically easy-to-find and access, AFVs have a limited vehicle range. It can be different by company to company but the average distance is 130km when the car is fully charged. However, considering the fact that there are still less stations and cars have to recharge during its route, the efficient route of AFV is drastically different from that of carbon-based vehicles,” explained Jeong. Although Jeong had to work on all research by himself, he said it is still a big pleasure for him to work as a ‘researcher’. “When a lot of professors reach into years of careers, they become more of a ‘manager’ than a ‘researcher’. Instead of being involved in a research, they became a manager who direct and instruct his or her fellow researchers of graduate students. However, I thought that I’d want to remain as a researcher which led me to spare more time on my own research. It is tough and hard to do, but I want to keep my identity as a scholar as long as I can.” As a researcher, Jeong will continue on devoting his passion. Yun Ji-hyun uni27@hanyang.ac.kr Photos by Choi Min-ju

2017-04 10 Important News

[General]Who’s Still Working?

On an ordinary rainy night, the campus seems serene. Lights are on here and there, and few people are spotted heading home, calling it a day. Aimlessly walking through buildings and taking a look at what students were working on, their fatigue and zeal were evident. News H reporters this week toured around both campuses and met students working into the night at school. A group of actors First, stepping into the ITBT building (Seoul Campus), where practicing rooms for ballet, theater and music are situated, News H reporters caught sight of a group of play actors. They were honing their acting skills for their upcoming performance this May- Macbeth 2017. The actors were practicing psychologic gestures in a circle while reciting their own lines. They normally gather at the practice room every night and practice until 10 p.m. “As an actor, it is our role to demonstrate the faults in our reality by depicting them expressively. In the play Macbeth 2017, we are portraying the nature of one’s inner greed and how it can be overwhelming and self-destructive if swayed more frequently than permissible,” Kim Young-rae (Department of Theater and Film, Graduate School), one of the actors in the group noted. Actors are practicing psychologic gestures with their lines. A trio of gayageum and geomungo Moving on to Paiknam Concert Hall (Seoul Campus), trails of Korean instrument sounds led reporters to a small room of three students from the Department of Korean Traditional Music. They were practicing an arrangement piece for their exam since 5 p.m., and were to keep practicing until the building closes at 11 p.m. As string instrument majors, they had calluses on their hands, due to many years of practice every day. They confessed that the room could be extremely humid in the summer and freezing cold in the winter. Nevertheless, they would not be deterred from going there to practice. Three students were spotted practicing their instruments. Sketching and stitching people Next, visiting the College of Human Ecology (Seoul Campus), a room occupied by a number of students was observed. Students majoring in Clothing and Textiles were working on their class assignments by drawing patterns on a piece of clothing quite similar to an architectural blueprint. One of the students described assignment nights as sleepless because of the time and conscientious effort that goes into completing the work. Students said they typically linger around to work until the building closes at 10 p.m. Peeking through the door, the students were found working quietly. Two mechanics in a lab Two students of the Mechanical Engineering Graduate School (ERICA Campus), were in an engine laboratory designated for designing engines and testing newly designed ones. The two engineers were coordinating the pipes where coolants are transported and displacing and reorganizing them into new positions. Neither one of them could say for sure when the project is to be completed since they had just begun working on the task. No doubt they will be working on it day and night. The two students are relocating equipments for coolants. Two pharmacists in a lab Moving to the next place, an interesting scene was captured. Two students of the Department of Pharmacy (ERICA Campus) were creating and testing new drugs. They had composed a formula of a drug with a number of candidate substances and were experimenting whether it would be applicable under certain circumstances or not. Once the formula meets a list of conditions satisfactorily, it is to be tested on mice then on cats or rabbits. They began their experiment at 9a.m. and had been working for longer than half a day. After they leave the lab around 10 p.m., the students are planning to study more. In a laboratory, two students were testing several substances for a new drug. A class of ballerinas A group of ballerinas had gathered in a practice room on ERICA Campus participating in a special license-obtaining course offered by the Social Education Center. The license is one of the graduation requirements for the students of the Department of Dance, which naturally attracts a lot of students. They have classes three times a week starting at 7 p.m. and ending at 9 p.m. Students majoring in dance are participating in a course for a license. Jeon Chae-yun chaeyun111@hanyang.ac.kr Photos by Kim Youn-soo

2017-04 05

[Performance]Hanyang University ranked 1st in the nation, 10th worldwide

Hanyang University scored within the world’s top 10 in Electrochemistry in the ‘2017 CWUR Rankings by Subject (2017). This field achieved first place in national rank. The CWUR (Center for World University Rankings), the largest academic ranking organization that rates universities around the world, unveiled the top 10 list of 227 subjects on April 3. Hanyang University ranked 10th in the field of Electrochemistry, an energy-related field where Hanyang University’s Department of Energy Engineering received numerous positive reviews in major scholarly journals. The CWUR Rankings by Subject 2017 highlights the world’s elite universities in the sciences and the social sciences, based on the number of research articles in top-tier journals. Data is obtained from Clarivate Analytics (previously the Intellectual Property and Science business of Thomson Reuters). More information about the methodology is available at: cwur.org/methodology/subject-rankings.php ▶ ELECTROCHEMISTRY World Rank University Score 1 Tsinghua University (CH)) 100.00 2 Central South University (CH) 99.37 3 China Harbin Institute of Technology (CH) 99.20 4 University of Science and Technology of China (CH) 97.28 5 Zhejiang University (CH) 94.95 6 China University of Chinese Academy of Sciences (CH) 94.44 7 Shanghai Jiao Tong University (CH) 93.97 7 Tianjin University (CH) 93.97 9 South China University of Technology (CH) 92.62 10 Hanyang University (KR) 91.15

2017-04 04 Important News

[Student]My First Semester at Hanyang University

In Hanyang University (HYU), there are approximately 2500 international students, including those who came as exchange students. Every new year, more international students are coming to HYU with high hopes and expectations to further their studies and to have a new experience. This week, News H met with 3 of the new international students in this spring semester. From Pakistan, Abubakar Sharafat (Civil Engineering, Integrated Master’s-Doctor’s Program) As he has much time in Korea, Sharafat said he wants to visit as many places as he can in Korea. After graduating from his university, Sharafat wanted to continue his studies. While searching for graduate schools, Sharafat started to have an interest in Korea and HYU. “At the company I was working at after graduation, several colleagues of mine recommended Korea. They told me that Korea is highly developed in the field of Civil Engineering, and HYU is the best school in engineering studies,” said Sharafat. Besides from the fame of HYU in engineering studies, friends of Sharafat who already studied in HYU, also told positive experience they had to Shrafat. Positive experience of friends motivated him to choose the HYU. “Now, because of my recommendation, my sister will also join me in HYU, which is a good news.” “I am currently here as a scholarship student of the Pakistan government, I will be here for about 5 years, so I will have to get used to many things in Korea like the language and food,” said Sharafat. Still, Sharafat said that he was surprised to see many commonalities between the culture of Pakistan and Korea. “Soon after I came to Korea, I found out that Koreans and Pakistanis both emphasize the respect for elders. Other than that, when I went to the field trip to Damyang with other international students, we got to make Korean traditional rice snack, which is also the famous sweet treat in Pakistan, called ‘Maronda’.” From France, Guzelya Marisova (International business management, Master’s program) Some of the left things-to-do for Marisova is to study Korean hard, visit Kookiwon (National Taekwondo Institute), and Hanwok village. Marisova’s decision to come to HYU and Korea is highly relevant with her love toward taekwondo. She has been playing taekwondo for 13 years now since she was 11. When she grew older and moved to France from Kazakhstan in 2014, she won a world champion title in WASCO (World All Style Combat Organization). “I first witnessed taewondo in a demo show back in my school when I was living in Kazakhstan. As soon as I saw it, I thought it was what exactly I need, and that I could protect myself with it. Since then, coming to Korea was one of my bucket lists,” said Marisova. While learning taekwondo, she was also impressed with the Korean culture, ‘ye’ (manners and respects between people) that is permeated inside of it. Her love toward taekwondo naturally led her to learn Korean as well. Even before coming to Korea, Marisova said she was taking Korean classes. Currently in HYU as well, Marisova is taking a Korean class. “I am still in the level of a beginner, but I hope staying in Korea will help me learning it faster, to communicate in Korean fluently.” Marisova also shared how thankful she is for the kind and clear instructions of Korean professors. While Marisova is quite familiar with some culture of Korea, She said she witnessed cultural stereotype in the country. “One thing I noticed in Korea was a cultural stereotype still existing in Korea,” explained Mariova. “As I am not a white Caucasian, people generally don’t think I could be a French. It is understandable because immigration is not as widespread in Korea.” From Germany, Ildikó Brust (Business Administration, 3rd year) If she has a chance, Brust said she wants to visit DMZ one again, as far as civilians are allowed to go. Among the 3 students, Brust is the one who is having the completely new experience in HYU and in Korea. “Before coming to HYU, I absolutely knew little about Asia, which was the reason why I chose Korea. I wanted to go to a place that is completely different in every way and that gave quite a surprise to my family and friends,” said Brust. Similar to other international students, Brust was able to find out about HYU because of her friend’s recommendation. “One of my German friend told me all about the amazing experiences she had in HYU, which really led me to come to HYU.” “What I really find cool is how big and modern the campus is, it is really different from my school back in Germany. I find it very nice to see all the convenience facilities like cafeterias and coffee shops inside the campus,” said Brust. Also, in classes, Brust was amazed how participative and helpful students are. "People tend to be more individualistic in Germany, but in Korea people have a stronger sense of community. I really do appreciate how students always try to help me.” Until now, one of the most memorable place Brust went in Korea was Demilitarized Zone (DMZ). “Even before coming to Korea, I was planning to visit DMZ. Korea is the only country separated in the world now and we hear all the shocking and terrible news about North Korea. I wanted to see a little bit of that myself.” After visiting DMZ, Brust thought she would want to go there one more time, to further inside where civilians can still go. Whether it is just for a semester or more years to come, News H hope all international students to have a best experience inside HYU. Yun Ji-hyun uni27@hanyang.ac.kr Photos by Moon Hana